But unfortunately, as is often the case, Saudi Justice Dept. has announced start of Dhul-Hijja incorrectly for Thursday, Dec 21; Hajj on Dec 29, and Eid-al-Adha on Dec 30. Also I met the Br. Hamza Al-Muzani (Saudi writer) who had written in Saudi “Al-Watan” Newspaper of Thursday, 10 DhulHijja 1425 AH in the article “Testimonies of the Impossible” (Click here) that last year Eid ul Adha witnesses were found to be over 80 years old. I found that after writing that article they put a false charge on the author of making fun of the beard of the Chief Justice and sentenced him to 4 months in prison and 200 lashes! Then Alhamdulillaah Saudi King Abdullah quashed the sentence! Also, this year the false start of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr was due the well known early witness: AlKhudayri from Huta Sudayr, Saudi Arabia! He is also one of the claimants this time for DhulHijja start.
Deobandies against blind following of Saudi announcements
Posted by Abd Al Mustafa on Friday 3rd October, 2008
The Criteria – Fatwa from Deoband - another deobandi fatwa – and another - Contemporary deobandies standing up to deobandi elders who blindly follow saudi decisions/announcements - don’t follow saudi - more deobandi stuff
see more on UK deobandi efforts on the issue here.
One thing which the deobandies have overlooked is, one of the reasons why saudi decisions lost their credibility amongst sunnies in UK many many years ago was due to incidents such as that mentioned below, which have become very much prevalent with the saudi officials nowadays.
Dr. Salman Zafar Shaikh (of New Jersey, USA) reported from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: About Official Saudi Report Ramadan 1427 I am currently in Riyadh. Yesterday – Wednesday, Dec 20 evening I went with the official Riyadh Moon sighting committee. Of course there was no chance of Hilal anywhere here and the 6 Official Hilal sighting committees of Saudi Arabia (near near Makkah, Riyadh, Qassim, Hail, Tabuk and Asir), each of which includes an Islamic Scholar, an Astronomer, a City council representative and volunteers) all reported negative sighting, as expected. Even the Moonset was before Sunset in Saudi and that is why even the Ummul Qura Calendar also put DhulHijja start for Friday, Dec. 22 and Eid ul Adha for Dec. 31, 2006.